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Old 08-03-2009, 09:43 PM   #1
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Need a little help!

So I am off to Scotland for a 4 day trip around the highlands. Being my FIRST long trip ride I am asking for help with the essential checklist.

Have you been on a long ride...what did you take that was useful, what did you take that was useless and what did you leave behind and really wished you had???

Some key information: I wont be packing a tent, B&B's all the way. I'm pretty confident it will rain (it's Scotland) and I ofcourse will be wearing leathers with only a small backpack.

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damnit, if i had the money for an authentic kilt i'd have you get me one.
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What type of roads? R punctures common?

grab a water pouch depending on the length of riding. Otherwise, expect to fill up at each town or every 2 hours of riding.

Distance is more of a consideration then time if you are making the essential stops for yourself. Your largest consideration should be time/damage to the bike(mainly tires.) A multi-tool is handy, so is a hand pump and tire repair kit. Ziplock bags for your cell and wallet/passport. Bring a travel wallet cuz u never know.
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A camera with a large memory card was the best thing I brought with me. And a plug adapter.

My Grandad lives in the highlands- it's gorgeous! Enjoy your visit.
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You can order one online. I'm clan McMillan- our plaid is quite ugly, actually.
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damnit, if i had the money for an authentic kilt i'd have you get me one.
Keep saving!!! It's the best thing I own!!!
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In May I did a 10 day moto-trip and this is what I have learned:
  • Underarmour clothing is very comfy
  • Can of Plexus w microfiber rag to clean visor for bugs
  • A gathering of small tools
  • Recommendation of not wearing a back pack but having a tail / saddle bag
  • Having clothes in a ziploc bag (vacuum effect) in regular luggage (save space and helps keep dry)
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Scotland sounds wonderful! It helps to have a bit of wanderlust.
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What type of roads? R punctures common?

grab a water pouch depending on the length of riding. Otherwise, expect to fill up at each town or every 2 hours of riding.

Distance is more of a consideration then time if you are making the essential stops for yourself. Your largest consideration should be time/damage to the bike(mainly tires.) A multi-tool is handy, so is a hand pump and tire repair kit. Ziplock bags for your cell and wallet/passport. Bring a travel wallet cuz u never know.
Roads are tarmac, 2 lane country roads just like the Forrest north of Houston. Hand pump and tire repair kit check, zip lock bags - good call!!! What do you mean by travel wallet?
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macneil clan here. Ours isnt very good looking either. I dont like green to begin with...lol

Definatel a tire plug kit, multi tool, tie raps, platic baggies. Dont think youll need it solo, but water weld is always a good idea.
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In May I did a 10 day moto-trip and this is what I have learned:[LIST][*]Underarmour clothing is very comfy[*]Can of Plexus w microfiber rag to clean visor for bugs[*]A gathering of small tools[*]Recommendation of not wearing a back pack but having a tail / saddle bag[*]Having clothes in a ziploc bag (vacuum effect) in regular luggage (save space and helps keep [*]Camera! Document, document!

dry) Scotland sounds wonderful! It helps to have a bit of wanderlust.

where do i get zip lock bags big enough for clothes??? And never heard of Plexus, autozone for that?
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You can order one online. I'm clan McMillan- our plaid is quite ugly, actually.
not the same IMO.
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This is great stuff guys thank you!

what is water weld?
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This is great stuff guys thank you!

what is water weld?
basically mighty puddy.
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You can order one online. I'm clan McMillan- our plaid is quite ugly, actually.
You know most tartans have more than one colour - Ancient, Hunting and Modern...

I'll check into it....2 secs
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where do i get zip lock bags big enough for clothes??? And never heard of Plexus, autozone for that?
0811 sbkp 18 zplexus plastic cleanerprotectant and polish

Pretty sure cycle gear or most shops carry it.
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I see what you mean... I guess I've only seen the 'old' And I spelled it wrong- it's MacMillan.

http://www.scotweb.co.uk/tartan?filt...term=macmillan
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bring tools, waters, tires plugs just in case. also a few cans of air also. everytime i ride to austin, i bring that. because i would not want a flat along the way.
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I see what you mean... I guess I've only seen the 'old' And I spelled it wrong- it's MacMillan.

http://www.scotweb.co.uk/tartan?filt...term=macmillan
You truly beat me to that one...I like your hunting and your fashion which is obviously a modern design (by definition modern prolly means still a couple hundred years old!)

I have a McIntosh red modern tartan
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